10/20/14 1:57pm

NOTEPlease consider sharing a photo of your Halloween decorations by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]us or drop it in our Flickr Pool. Please let us know the neighborhood where you live. If you know of a great Halloween decoration in Alexandria, you can also let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

The Hard Times Cafe horse that is usually on display outside the Old Town Alexandria location always gets into the holiday spirit. This year, it’s gotten into the Halloween spirit. Check this out.

10/20/14 11:43am

Red Barn Mercantile located at 1117 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia

New Design Services Program Launched

Red Barn Mercantile is partnering with local home design firm Shotgun Double, LLC to provide interior design services for small, residential furnishing projects.

For a flat affordable fee, Shotgun Double will conduct a site assessment to establish the scope of a project and provide a plan layout, along with furnishing and accessory recommendations. The client will then receive a 10% discount on any furniture and accessories subsequently purchased from Red Barn Mercantile, up to the amount of the design fee paid (essentially refunding the design fee.) Shotgun Double is an experienced interior design firm based in Old Town Alexandria.

Click this link to learn more.

Rescue My Room Instagram Contest Kicks Off

Win a free room consultation from Shotgun Double and rug from Red Barn Mercantile, together valued at up to $2,000!

From October 18 through November 16, 2014, follow both @RedBarnMerc and @ShotgunDouble on Instagram.

To enter, simply snap a picture of the one room in your house most in need of help and share it with the hashtag #rescuemyroom. Also be sure to provide a brief explanation about why it is the worst room in your home.

10/20/14 11:04am

APD badgeThe Alexandria Police Department is investigating a robbery and shooting that occurred on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of N. Washington Street.

An adult male suspect entered a gas station and demanded money from the clerk while displaying a handgun. After receiving cash the suspect shot the clerk once in the torso. The clerk, a 41 year-old male, City resident, was transported to a local hospital. He is in stable condition.

The suspect is described as a black male of average build and height. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded-sweatshirt and jeans. The suspect was armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department. Detectives will be canvasing the immediate area today.

People who live or work in the area that have access to surveillance images should contact Sergeant Michael Kochis at 703.746.6285.

10/20/14 10:51am

ICYMI last night, the Fairfax County Police Aviation Unit assisted the Alexandria Police Department overnight in the search for a robbery suspect.

Update on robbery at this link.

So we thought, it might be good to show you what makes a Police aviation unit tick? Here’s a great feature video on Fairfax County’s Helicopter Division based on an article published in the June 2013 Issue of Rotorcraft Pro Magazine.

10/20/14 10:30am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


10/20/14 10:08am

Station 650 under construction in the POtomac Yard area of Alexandria, Virgini

This is an update to this post. The windows are in and the brick is going up!

Station 650 – a green, mixed-use development of 183 luxury apartments and approximately 2,500 square feet of retail space is rising in the Potomac Yard neighborhood.

If you are looking for a nice apartment, here’s what Station 650 will offer residents when it comes on line in early 2015.

The wood-frame building, designed by KTGY Group and built by Clark Builders Group, will include 10 loft units with park views and eight affordable dwelling units as well as one- and two-bedroom market rate apartments. Luxury finishes will include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, vinyl plank flooring, and full-size washers and dryers. Residents will have access to an on-site club room, fitness center and game room, as well as a dog wash station and a bicycle workshop on the first floor with direct access from outside the building. Courtyard amenities will include a fire pit, a demonstration kitchen with bar, multiple grilling and seating areas and a reflecting pool with movie/water wall. The five-story building will include 239 covered parking spaces on the first floor and underground.

Station 650 is part of The Exchange at Potomac Yard which is a 1.9 million-square-foot development with a planned 800,000 square feet of office and hotel space, 100,000 square feet of retail, 1,700 units of residential, and a new Metro station.

If you want to see what the development will look like when finished, click this link.

10/20/14 9:55am
Don Beyer campaign sign in Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria on Shuters Hill

Republican Congressional candidate Micah Edmond today criticized the behavior of his Democrat opponent, Don Beyer, for disrespecting minorities and local communities through his failure to attend official candidate forums in person in the diverse 8th District of Virginia. Rather than address the recent Urban League Forum on September 16th, the League of Women Voters on October 9th and the Jewish Community Election Forum at Olam Tikvah today, Beyer sent surrogates to stand in for him.

Micah Edmond said: “Don Beyer is out of touch with the 8th District. If you aspire to represent people, you need to make an effort to meet them. Rather than being accessible and engaged with the community himself, Beyer chooses to send surrogates. What is truly a show of token support is that he sends a surrogate African American leader, a surrogate woman leader and a surrogate Jewish leader to represent him. Beyer is either too busy, too uncomfortable, or too uninterested to engage these communities himself. This is the supreme insult.”

Beyer has failed to participate in more than half of the community forums held in the 8th District in September and October. He has also failed to confirm with organizers whether he will attend any of the three remaining gatherings that are scheduled this month.